Rent hits 14 YEAR high as interest rates soar: Here is where rent is most expensive in Australia


How RENTERS are now copping it the worst in 14 years as interest rates soar: Here’s where it’s most expensive for tenants

  • Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates by 50 basis points on Tuesday
  • Mortgage bills will increase as a result of the move design to curb inflation
  • Rents will also likely increase as investment owners try to recoup some cash
  • New data shows where rent is the cheapest and most expensive in Australia

Annual growth in rent has hit a 14-year high in Australia just as home buyers face rising interest rates.

The Reserve Bank on Tuesday announced a third hike in the cash rate in as many months, taking it to 1.35 per cent.

The 50 basis point rise is estimated to add $137 a month to a $500,000 mortgage, or $499 per month on a $750,000 loan.

The RBA board has flagged further rises, with some economists expecting the cash rate to hit 3.5 per cent next year before the central bank starts to consider cuts.

The decision coincides with the release of  CoreLogic’s Quarterly Rental Review which showed the national rental index increasing 0.9 per cent in the month to June and 2.9 per cent over the June quarter.

Everybody’s Home spokesperson Kate Colvin said the low rental vacancy rates combined with interest rate hikes is leading to a rental squeeze as investors pass on those rises to renters.

‘With further interest rises expected, the already difficult situation will only get worse as renters fight in a hunger games style battle for dwindling rental stock at higher than ever prices’ Ms Colvin said. 

‘This is very concerning as many are already stretched beyond their financial means.’

After the Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates again on Tuesday, investment property owners will likely look to raise rents to try and recoup some cash on their mortgage bills (stock image)

After the Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates again on Tuesday, investment property owners will likely look to raise rents to try and recoup some cash on their mortgage bills (stock image)

House rents are 8.8 per cent higher across the capital cities and up 10.8 per cent in regional areas compared to June 2021, according to the CoreLogic data.

Meanwhile unit rents are up 9.8 per cent in the capitals and 11 per cent in regional areas. 

‘This sustained period of strong rental growth has seen national dwellings record the highest annual growth in rental values since December 2008,’ CoreLogic research analyst Kaytlin Ezzy said.

MEDIAN PER WEEK RENTS IN AUSTRALIA

MOST EXPENSIVE

1. Canberra $690

2. Sydney $643

3. Darwin $565

MID

1. Brisbane $547

2. Hobart $549

CHEAPEST

1. Melbourne $480

2. Adelaide $492

3. Perth $515

NATIONAL MEDIAN – $526

Australian dwelling rental values rose 0.9 per cent in June and rose 2.9 per cent  over the June quarter.

National dwelling vacancy rates fell to 1.2 per cent from 2.2 per cent this time last year. 

National unit rents recorded unprecedented double-digit annual growth, rising 10.0 per cent over the 12 months to June.

Source: CoreLogic Quarterly Rental Review July 2022 

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Canberra remains the country’s most expensive rental market, with the typical dwelling renting for $690 per week, ahead of Sydney which recorded a median rental value of $643 per week, and Darwin at $565 per week.

Melbourne replaced Adelaide as Australia’s most affordable rental market, with a typical property renting for $480 per week.

Adelaide’s rents increased to $492 per week, followed by Perth ($515), Brisbane ($547) and Hobart ($549).

The surge in rental demand has occurred largely in the absence of overseas migration and has instead been driven by low supply and shrinking average household sizes.

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe said the size and timing of future interest rate rises would be ‘guided by the incoming data and the board’s assessment of the outlook for inflation and the labour market’.

The RBA is seeking to use a series of rate rises to get inflation back to its two to three per cent target range.

Inflation is sitting on 5.1 per cent and is expected to head towards seven per cent over the course of the year.

‘The board is committed to doing what is necessary to ensure that inflation in Australia returns to target over time,’ Dr Lowe said in the post-decision statement.

CommSec’s Craig James said it was the biggest back-to-back rate hike since the cash rate was first targeted in 1990.

He said it reflected a global trend among central banks to ‘front load’ rate hikes to get on top of inflationary pressures.

But the risk of such hikes include triggering a recession, or two consecutive quarters of declines in gross domestic product.

The official interest rate is now 1.35 per cent after three consecutive hikes by the RBA with more on the way with  (stock image)

The official interest rate is now 1.35 per cent after three consecutive hikes by the RBA with more on the way with  (stock image)

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said neither his department nor the RBA are forecasting a recession.

‘I am confident in the long-term prospects for the Australian economy so long as we do our best to manage the … difficult combination of circumstances that we’re dealing with now.’

Shadow treasurer Angus Taylor said the Labor government had no economic plan to respond to rising inflationary and interest rate pressures. 

CHEAPEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE SUBURBS TO RENT

MEDIAN HOUSE RENTS 

SYDNEY – Vaucluse $2,552 versus Tregear $421

MELBOURNE – Brighton $1,321 versus Melton $360

PERTH – Dalkeith $1,205 versus Midvale $388

BRISBANE – Ascot $1,110 versus Toogoolawah $356

HOBART – Sandy Bay $698 versus Primrose Sands $454

ADELAIDE – Glenelg South $802 versus Elizabeth North $343

DARWIN – Stuart Park $833 versus Moulden $509

CANBERRA – Campbell $1,075 versus Charnwood $629 

 

MEDIAN UNIT RENTS

SYDNEY – Point Piper $1,122 versus Carramar $340

MELBOURNE – Beaumaris $677 versus Melton South $307

PERTH – Swanbourne $767 versus Orelia $281

BRISBANE – Tenerife $620 versus Logan Central $304

HOBART – Claremont $583 versus Beaumaris $425

ADELAIDE – Kent Town $501 versus Salisbury East $316

DARWIN –  Bayview $614 versus Bakewell $430

CANBERRA – Garran $697 versus Hawker $504 

Source: CoreLogic Quarterly Rental Review July  2022

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